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well...lets just keep the sarcasm to a minimum...
anywho, heres my conundrum...

I like american stuff...
especially american cars...
I think about buying a Jap bike, and the fact that I do ride a jap bike, and I feel bad...
but no american company makes anything comparable...
am I a hypacrit for riding a jap bike when i always tell people not to buy a jap car, to buy an american car...
or am I just imagining all of this?
 

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Well that is indeed an interesting position. I guess it depends on your reasoning behind telling people not to buy a import car over a domestic. If your saying it because you want to support US jobs and manufacturers then well yeah, it's hypocritical. If your saying it because of a quality issue or another reason. Well your ride a import bike because you feel they are superior. I wouldn't lose too much sleep over it either way.
 

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just thinking about that gives me a headache. There isn't anything that is 100% American made anymore. There are a lot of things assembled here but the parts come from over seas. Even Harleys have foreign parts on them.
 

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It's a global market now.

Hell, I own 2 Fords, a VW and my Yamaha...........

I mean, I bet you have Japanese electronics in your home, and other things like that.

I think to perpetuate the "National" over the global is shortsighted. No way to be National only. You'll burn middle eastern oil (gas) in your American car, right?

But, this is just an opinion....
 

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Rezin said:
It's a global market now.

Hell, I own 2 Fords, a VW and my Yamaha...........

I mean, I bet you have Japanese electronics in your home, and other things like that.

I think to perpetuate the "National" over the global is shortsighted. No way to be National only. You'll burn middle eastern oil (gas) in your American car, right?

But, this is just an opinion....
What Rez said, also keep in mind that many Jap products are assembled in the US with Jap parts. I know that all Honda cars, not sure about the bikes are put together here in the USA. So go ahead and get what you want.
 

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I am not sure why I am into American stuff...
I think its a matter of pride...
I dunno tho, I just love seeing a corvette blow the doors off a ricer...
yeah, I am gonna try to put this outta my mind an just buy what suits me best..
 

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I guess that is why I went for a Brit bike to assuage my concerns about the foreign bikes, considering that I work for one of the big three.

But we own a good part of Subaru, Suzuki, build cars with Toyota (in the same plant), buy engines from Honda, own Daewoo, Saab and 50% of Fiat.
 

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The way I see it by buying American you help the economy, American cars ect. If there are two products equal in price and quality than I will buy the American product. If their is no equal to what you want made in the U.S Than you really have no choice but to buy something made else where. We all work hard for our money and don't want junk, If the American product is not equal in quality.
 

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well, it has nothing to do wiht quality...
america doesn't make anything comparable...
so I guess I will just shut up and be happy :)
 

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I am totally with you ziadel.

I will only buy a U.S. made car. I do work for GM, so I get discounts on them and I really can't be caught riding a non-union made car unless I like it scratched. I wouldn't buy one anyway because I have learned to appreciate how much effort is takes to make a car and that there are more things to a car than just how tight some door panel is.

My take is that I support the company I work for because I like to get paid.

I ride a Jap sportbike because America doesn't produce a compariable priced bike with similar options. It is not profitable to compete with the Japs in this market.

As far as the global thing, when you buy an American made product, ALOT more money will go to the American worker, which very well could be a Tier 1 or Tier 2 or Tier 3 supplier. Also, I really don't like the way (especially the Koreans) have a labor force making next to nothing for vehicle assembly.

You should buy a GM product and be happy. :D
 

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I guess that is why I went for a Brit bike to assuage my concerns about the foreign bikes, considering that I work for one of the big three.

But we own a good part of Subaru, Suzuki, build cars with Toyota (in the same plant), buy engines from Honda, own Daewoo, Saab and 50% of Fiat.
And 60% of Isuzu:redflip
 

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And 60% of Isuzu:redflip

kinda make syou wonder how long until everytghing is owned by one huge corporation...


you think things are bad now, things will be REALLY shitty then....
 

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I don't think you're being a hypocrite. I think it's a simple case of supply and demand.

You want a sportbike. When you look at the supply, only the Japanese make good, affordable sportbikes. So you buy what's available. There's nothing wrong with that.

Oh, and I didn't mention Ducati, Aprilia, BMW, and others cause they're pricey. Nice bikes, but pricey.

~Nist :)
 

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I am not gonna say much about the use of "J" word, but I still react to it. :mad Was it Cycle World forum? Hell broke loose after somebody posted that the use of the word offended him (his wife is a Japanese).

But find it curious to notice a mentality similar to some Harley owners when sportbike owners talk (Rice this and rice that) about Japanese cars. Just my $0.02.
 

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Currently, I have 2 vehicles in my garage. A toyota, and a mercury. I'm considering my next purchase of a volkswagen...

I'm not too fond of american cars... their styling, to me, leaves a lot to be desired.

I plan on buying a bike made outside of the us because there aren't models made here I am interested in... I like harleys, but I refuse to pay their prices... I like sportbikes, and may not buy japanese made...

I don't feel bad about it because we don't have the selection of american made sportbikes...

give the buell a few more years, and I may consider getting one of those... maybe...
 

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I am not a fan of most American cars, except for a Corvette or a nice new Mustang. If I had to get a car it would be a lexus, acura VW or a bmw. But American trucks just make me drool. I dont care if its an Expedition or a Chevy P/U, I like em all. Next vehicle will probably be a Dodge Quad Cab 4x4. Buddy has a Toyota Tundra and its nice but it does not have the same feel.
 

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I am totally with you ziadel.

I will only buy a U.S. made car. I do work for GM, so I get discounts on them and I really can't be caught riding a non-union made car unless I like it scratched. I wouldn't buy one anyway because I have learned to appreciate how much effort is takes to make a car and that there are more things to a car than just how tight some door panel is.

My take is that I support the company I work for because I like to get paid.

I ride a Jap sportbike because America doesn't produce a compariable priced bike with similar options. It is not profitable to compete with the Japs in this market.

As far as the global thing, when you buy an American made product, ALOT more money will go to the American worker, which very well could be a Tier 1 or Tier 2 or Tier 3 supplier. Also, I really don't like the way (especially the Koreans) have a labor force making next to nothing for vehicle assembly.

You should buy a GM product and be happy. :D

You are kidding right??? Just because you drive something that is "non-union" someone would screw with it?? Another check in the "I cannot stand unions" column. :rolleyes:

As for american workers...well it they were not demanding $20+ dollars an hour to sit on an assembly line maybe I would buy more overprices american cars. Until then I will spend my money were it makes the most financial sense...one american truck (with HORRENDOUS issues) and one forgien car!

Oh and I own Jap and Eytaleun bikes! :p
 
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